Type News 37

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Explore Shire Types

Re/discover Shire Types for the new decade

Named after six shires grouped around the Black Country, the Shire Types are a set of interchangeable characters that reflect the lettering of the Industrial Revolution. The collection includes two all capital sans and slab serif fonts (Derbyshire and Staffordshire). A mixed pair of capital and lowercase fonts in both sans and slab styles (Cheshire and Shropshire). And finally, the set is completed with two laid back soft curvsive sans and slab fonts (Warwickshire and Worcestershire).

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In addition to the family styling and ability to mix characters across fonts, the Shire Types supports different scripts allowing more textures and variety.

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Read more
This chunky typeface, with its interchangeable letter shapes and quirky rhythm, is the focus of our current issue of Footnote.

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Font information
In addition, the Font Info PDF provides an overview of the Shire Types; its features, fonts, and language support.

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Development notes
Playful, bold and adventerous letters feature in the reference material for the Shire Types. A few of these alongside our original sketches can be found at StudioType.com.

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Shire Types Explorer
A year ago we opened the Gallery as a fresh way to show our fonts. Continuing this approach we’ve built a dedicated Explorer page for the Shire Types. Through the Explorer you can glide over the typeface; its shapes and words, then click to discover more. Explorer is best experienced through a desktop, laptop or tablet.

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